05/29/15 5:21pm

Memorial Bridge
Route 7Y from Lincolnia will detour due to major construction on the Arlington Memorial Bridge. During this time, Metrobus will not miss any bus stops.

7Y Lincolnia-North Fairlington southbound to Lincolnia

  • Regular route to Constitution Avenue & 23rd Street NW
  • Continue Constitution Avenue NW to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Bridge
  • Bear right onto exit 50, Arlington Boulevard
  • Bear right onto Key Bridge exit
  • Right on N. Lynn Street
  • Right on Wilson Boulevard
  • Continue Jefferson Davis Highway S.
  • Resume regular route

7Y Lincolnia-North Fairlington northbound to the Convention Center

  • Regular route to Jefferson Davis Highway N.
  • Continue on Jefferson Davis Highway N.
  • Bear left toward Wilson Boulevard to Rosslyn exit
  • Right on N. Lynn St
  • Right on Lee Highway
  • Continue Theodore Roosevelt Bridge Route 50 East
  • Resume regular route

(Photo by ehpien, on Flickr)

05/29/15 4:24pm

ACPSsquarelogoOn Thursday, May 28, the Alexandria City School Board voted unanimously to recognize the contributions made by military personnel and agreed to work to accommodate military school children at their neighborhood school.

The policy aims to ensure that children whose parents move due to military-related relocations do not suffer due to frequent relocations. It also ensures that children can return to a neighborhood school they have previously attended prior to a military posting.

The policy is aligned with the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, to which Virginia is party. Through signing on to this compact, Virginia has recognized this group of school children as having unique needs.

Beginning in school year 2015-16, the Virginia Department of Education is requiring all school divisions in Virginia to establish a process for the identification of newly enrolled students who reside with a parent or guardian in the uniformed services.

The Compact requires school divisions to identify such students “for the purposes of enhancing the funding and quality of services provided to serve the unique needs of uniformed services-connected students residing in the Commonwealth.”

“ACPS is proud to support the steps designed to provide flexibility and cooperation between the school division, families and the military child in order to achieve educational success for these students. We want to be champions for all ACPS students,” said Superintendent Alvin L. Crawley.

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05/29/15 4:09pm

U.S. Attorney's Office In Carlyle
Mr. Boente’s district includes Northern Virginia and his office is in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia serves more than 6 million residents living in Northern Virginia, the capital of the Commonwealth, and Tidewater and surrounding communities.

Via WaPo

The veteran federal prosecutor who has been leading the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia on an interim basis for more than a year and a half has been nominated by the state’s senators to take over the job permanently.

Sens. Mark Warner (D) and Tim Kaine (D) of Virginia have recommended that Dana Boente, a longtime Justice Department lawyer who lives in Arlington, be appointed permanently as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, a Warner spokesman confirmed Friday. The job is an important and high-profile one, as the office, with about 300 lawyers and other employees working in Alexandria, Richmond, Norfolk and Newport News, has long been viewed as one of the most important federal prosecutor shops in the country.

The Eastern District is home to the CIA and the Pentagon, and its prosecutors often find themselves handling terrorism and national security cases, including the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui, a conspirator in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. If Edward Snowden is ever returned to the country, the government would bring its case against the former National Security Agency contractor through the district.

Read more at this link.

05/29/15 3:48pm

As of earlier this afternoon, Metrobus routes 28A, 29K, 29N and the REX will not use the regular bus bay locations at the King Street Metrorail Station due to a water main break. Crews are on location identifying the cause of the water main break.

This includes DASH Buses as well…


Passengers should board/exit buses at the Park & Ride lot in front of the station and bus bay access road.

All 34 metered parking spaces are currently unavailable for passenger use to aid bus movements at the station. 

05/29/15 2:15pm

Sign

We were alerted by a reader to this sign, located along King Street in the Old Town neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, at the Alexandria Courthouse in the 500 block of King Street. The sign is at pedestrian eye level right in view. You will find most real estate signs up higher than at pedestrian eye level. We checked with City staff and Councilman Justin Wilson and the signage is legal.

So, I thought I’d throw the question out to our beloved readers, should signs like this be legal in Alexandria?

(H/T Vernon)

05/29/15 1:21pm

[Abroad]
Fridays are Rule 5 days, so we scanned the local Alexandria, Virginia area blogs to find the most interesting stories in them you might have missed. Please show our fellow local bloggers some link love!

For a list of our favorite local blogs, click this link.

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05/29/15 12:07pm

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Beyer, Kaine, Norton to Hold Press Conference Monday

Senator Mark Warner (VA), Senator Tim Kaine (VA), Delegate Eleanor Holmes-Norton (DC) and Congressman Don Beyer (VA-8) called for stronger federal infrastructure investment, citing the closure of yet a second lane on the iconic and congested Arlington Memorial Bridge as the latest evidence of federal neglect.

“There is nothing more emblematic of Congress’ failure to invest in our nation’s infrastructure than the bridge that brings people into our nation’s capital, a national memorial, falling apart.  Memorial Bridge has already been labeled ‘structurally deficient’ and one lane was closed just last week due to safety and infrastructure concerns. Today, we have news that another lane will be shut down.  It’s time for Congress to stop kicking the can down the road and pass a federal transportation bill to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure, starting right here in DC,” said Rep. Beyer.

The National Park Service (NPS) announced yesterday that it will close a second lane of traffic on the bridge, which stretches from Arlington National Cemetery to the Lincoln Memorial and is a major artery across the Potomac.  The rush hour effects of the six-month closures will be dramatic.

“Unlike other infrastructure, NPS roads and bridges like the Arlington Memorial Bridge are 100 percent funded by the federal government, and there are almost no alternative sources of funds for maintenance and improvements other than federal funds.  With a cost of up to $250 million to replace the Memorial Bridge, it is no wonder that NPS is unable to do this work when it only receives $15 to $20 million for its transportation projects in the National Capital Region and only $240 for the entire nation.  Our region must offer leadership and work with Members of Congress as far away as the western states that are also deeply affected.  Beginning with our region, we must create a coalition of Members of the House and Senate determined to begin the uphill climb of rescuing priceless and essential federal assets like the Memorial Bridge that bring millions to the states by providing everything from workplace corridors to tourist sites,” said Del. Norton.

Nearly 68,000 vehicles cross the 83-year-old bridge on a typical work day.   The cost to fully repair the bridge is estimated at more than $250 million over several months. Memorial Bridge is just one of more than 70,000 US bridges deemed “structurally deficient.”

“Today’s announcement that we have to close yet another lane of the Memorial Bridge highlights the decrepit state of our infrastructure,” said Senator Kaine. “This additional lane closure will cause unbearable congestion and delays for the approximately 68,000 drivers who use the Memorial Bridge to travel between Virginia and Washington every day. Today’s frustrating news represents a nationwide issue. It’s estimated that there are 4,800 structurally deficient or functionally obsolete bridges in Virginia alone. It’s time to stop kicking the can down the road and address our nation’s crumbling infrastructure by passing a bipartisan, long-term transportation bill.”

“How can Congress fail to act while the Memorial Bridge – which is not only a vital artery for local commuters, but also the entrance to our nation’s capital ­– is literally falling apart? This is not just embarrassing – it’s outrageous,” said Sen. Warner. “We have to get serious about fixing and upgrading our roads, bridges, ports and other infrastructure. Until that happens, Virginia commuters will be stuck sitting in even more traffic – and crumbling and inefficient infrastructure will remain a serious drag on our economic growth.”

Senator Kaine, Del. Norton, and Rep. Beyer will join NPS Director Jon Jarvis to host a press conference at Memorial Bridge following Monday morning’s rush hour at 12:00 pm. 

(Photo by Mariordo (Mario Roberto Durán Ortiz) via Wikimedia Commons)